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First Piano Concert

Artist: Dave Smith
Dave Smith - First Piano Concert CD
Label: Matchless
Regular Price: $18.95
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Year: 1988
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“These 12 miniatures for solo piano ain’t jazz, but they ain’t bad either. In fact, they’re thoroughly charming pieces that reflect the influence of a variety of other musics, but remain very much within the realm of contemporary classical.”
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TRACKS

1 CHARLESTON 1/4/86 Popular 1920s dance from U.S.A. Relates to the piano playing of both George Gershwin and Ron Reah. 3:28

2 MAXIXE 25/12/85 Brazilian dance, the forerunner of the samba. Ancestry lies in the piano works of Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934). 2:54

3 RAMBLE 21/10/85 Title from Percy Grainger. A microdot operatic transcription revealing a post-romantic concern with extravagant counterpoint and visionary gesture. 4:20

4 DUB 26/10/85 Unextravagant skeletal reggae. The house next door used to contain a late-night reggae club. 2:58

5 MAMBO 11/8/85 Afro-Cuban style from 1940s — those of Perez Prado are the best known. Parsons' compositions explore a restricted area of information and are often rhythmically challenging. 3:23

6 NOCTURNE 27/1/86 The colourful hothouse variety associated with early 20th century British residents (Sorabji, par excellence) constituting almost the opposite of Bartok. 4:32

7 BOSSA NOVA 1/8/85 Brazilian jazz samba from 1950s as defined by the guitar rhythms of Joao Gilberto and the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Skemptonian in economy and apparent simplicity. 2:56

8 BOOMERANGS 9/6/86 The musical material is only capable of repetition and transposition and relates to no genre in particular. For an Australian. 2:52

9 QUASI TAMBURA 13/6/86 Title from 53rd variation of the Passacaglia from Sorabji's 'Opus Clavicembalisticum'. Tambura is an Indian drone-like instrument. 4:33

10 TANGO 22/6/85 Argentinian rather than Spanish or Brazilian. For Mikhashoff's Tango collection: the first of the set to be written. 3:00

11 THELONIOUS 5/1/86 A tribute to the great jazz pianist. Contains the most demanding instruction of the set- 'Play like Thelonious Monk' 2:37

12 ALLEGRO BARBARO 30/7/85 Salvaged from an unfinished piece for Javanese gamelan. Alkan, Bartok and Leo Ornstein provide the precedents. 2:56

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